What do you do at TWR?
As Area Director for West Africa, I coordinate the radio ministry for the countries of West Africa, as well as the French-speaking countries of Central Africa.
What is your vision for West Africa?
I want to see all West Africans listening to the Word of God in their own language, and to see churches planted in all West African countries.
What are the needs in West Africa?
We need people: people who have a real calling to serve in West Africa; people who love people; people who want to reach other people; trained people who can help with production and maintenance.
Regarding airtime, many programmes are still unsponsored. We want local programmes but we don't have the means to pay for airtime, so there is a strong need for support.
How can people pray for West Africa?
Most countries are not Christian and people mix traditional beliefs with their religion. People can pray that the door for radio ministry will remain open. Many countries also have unstable social and political situations. Please also pray for the producers of programmes in Côte d'Ivoire and Benin, and for the equipment and its maintenance.
What have been some of the highlights of your time with TWR?
I have been involved in radio ministry for 25 years, 13 of them with TWR. It has been a long walk. We started with nothing in our house; the studio was in a bedroom and my wife and I did everything. Now the Lord has blessed us with a nice office and studio.
After many years of trying to install a short wave and medium wave station in several countries, we were finally called to Benin, the voodoo capital of the world. The Lord chose it for our station and the Benin President himself invited us to come. It took years to get the medium wave license, and we are still waiting for the short wave license, but this is a response to prayers all over the world.
We had our first broadcast from Benin in February 2008. Today we are broadcasting in 20 West African languages.
Malian by birth, Abdoulaye Sangho lives in Côte d'Ivoire with his wife, Elisabeth. Their children Emmanuel, 25, David, 23, Belco, 20, and Daniel, 14, all know and love the Lord. This "big father", as he calls himself, will be proudly shouting for Côte d'Ivoire in the 2010 World Cup.
Published: 19 November 2009